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Strike an improved pose after having a cosmetic surgery called a neck lift Scottsdale
to tighten the skin of the neck and remove the sagging, loose skin for a slimmer, more taut profile. As an added benefit, this procedure diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and unsightly lines on the neck. The main technique used in a neck lift is skin tightening. However, some patients could benefit from neck liposuctionto remove extraneous fat. During a consultation with Scottsdale, AZ, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® or Dr. Martin Benjamin, the difference between a neck lift and neck liposuction will be discussed so that the best approach is planned.

What is Neck Lift?

The neck lift is a specialized cosmetic surgery procedure intended to enhance 
the appearance of the neck. It targets prevalent issues such as sagging neck skin, excess fat leading to a double chin, the appearance of a “turkey neck,” wrinkles, and diminished muscle tone. By addressing these concerns, a neck lift strives to sculpt a smoother, more youthful, and well-defined contour in the neck region.
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Neck Lift Scottsdale Before and After

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Benefits of Neck Lift

A neck lift procedure offers several aesthetic and functional benefits, establishing itself as a favored option for those aiming to improve the look of their neck and jawline. Here are some of the key benefits:

Long-lasting, Rejuvenated Contours

A neck lift helps reshape and tighten the skin, resulting in more defined and youthful neck contours lasting for years.

Removal of Wrinkles and Creases

By tightening the skin and underlying neck muscles, a neck lift eliminates wrinkles and creases, bestowing the neck with a rejuvenated and youthful look.

Elimination
of Fat Deposits

Facial plastic surgery often includes liposuction or other techniques to remove excess fat deposits, contributing to a slimmer and more sculpted neck profile.

Enhanced Self-Esteem and Youthful Appearance

The aesthetic improvements from a neck lift can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem, as the rejuvenated appearance often aligns more closely with how individuals feel.
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Surgical Technique

The neck lift surgery is performed in our surgical facility, allowing for a controlled and personalized environment. One unique aspect of our neck lift techniques is the usage of deep sedation instead of general anesthesia. Deep sedation induces a state of relaxation without putting the patient entirely under, allowing them to breathe independently.


A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or in front of the ears. If fat deposits are present and need to be removed, liposuction will be used during the surgery and performed first. The final steps of treatment will be to trim away excess skin, pull the remaining underlying tissue and muscle tightness, and suture the incision.

Candidates for a Neck Lift

While a neck lift can provide transformative results, it’s only suitable for some. Here are the typical candidates for a neck lift:

As individuals age, the skin around the neck may lose good skin elasticity, leading to sagging and wrinkles or an aging neck. A neck lift can address these age-related concerns, such as tighten loose skin and underlying muscles, thus restoring a more youthful neck and contoured appearance.
Significant weight gain or loss can profoundly affect the neck’s appearance, causing loose or excess skin. A neck lift can correct these issues, providing a smoother, more defined neck profile that aligns with the individual’s overall body shape.
Some people may be predisposed to developing specific aesthetic concerns in the neck area due to their genetic makeup. Whether it’s a tendency for loose skin or the early onset of aging signs, a neck lift can be an effective solution for those who have inherited these traits.
Those who live a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, are ideal candidates for neck lifts. This commitment to overall well-being helps ensure that the results of the surgery are long-lasting and that the recovery process is smooth and efficient.

Smoking can impede healing and may lead to complications during and after surgery. Therefore, non-smokers, or those willing to quit smoking before and after the procedure, are typically considered better candidates for a neck lift, ensuring a safer surgical experience and more successful outcomes.

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Recovery and Results

Results

Bruising and swelling will be visible after the surgery, but this will subside in the few short days following the procedure. Initially, patients will feel tightness and numbness. Once the neck adjusts to its new position, patients will notice a more relaxed feeling and a beautiful surgical result. From 2 to 4 weeks post-surgery, most patients can return to non-strenuous activities, and visible healing will become noticeable. By the 6 to 8-week mark, full recovery is typically expected, with most restrictions lifted, allowing patients to resume their regular routines and enjoy the rejuvenated appearance of their neck and jawline. It may take up to 6 months for the final results to appear.

Recovery

Adequate rest is vital in the initial stages of recovery following a neck lift, and patients are advised to take time off work and daily activities to allow the body to heal correctly. Along with rest, keeping the head elevated, even during sleep, is an essential part of post-surgery care, as it can reduce swelling and promote healing; special pillows or supports may be recommended to assist with this. Additionally, patients must avoid sudden or sharp movements that can strain the surgical area. Moving gently and adhering to specific guidelines provided by the surgeon are crucial to preventing complications and ensuring a smooth recovery process.

Maintaining the results

Maintaining the results of a neck lift requires a comprehensive approach. Implementing a daily skincare routine that includes moisturizing and sun protection is essential to preserve the skin’s appearance and prolong the surgery results. Alongside proper skincare, maintaining a stable weight and avoiding smoking are vital lifestyle choices that can contribute to the longevity of the contoured neck. Additionally, periodic appointments with the surgeon are recommended, as they can help maintain the results and address any long-term concerns, ensuring that the transformative effects of the neck lift continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

Cost of Neck Lift Scottsdale

In Scottsdale, neck lift cost typically ranges from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on various factors. Additional services, such as pre-operative consultations, post-operative care, and supplementary treatments or therapies, can significantly influence the final cost. For an accurate and individualized estimate that reflects your particular needs and goals, it’s advisable to seek a consultation with Dr. Scottsdale®.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Surgery is the only way to remove loose neck skin, particularly when it has become so loose that it hangs and droops. Therefore, neck lift surgery is the only solution for reshaping an individual’s neck to create a strong contour. While some very good skin tightening laser treatments are on the market today, surgery is still the best option.
There is minimal scarring with this procedure. The scarring is usually hidden since the neck lift incisions are placed under the chin and near the ears. A skilled facial surgeon will exert great effort to reduce scarring as much as possible.
This depends on the circumstance and the amount of loose and sagging skin present. Younger weight loss patients, even those in their 20s or 30s, may find a neck lift beneficial if they have significant skin laxity. Conversely, older patients, typically between the ages of 50 and 70, often seek a neck lift to combat the loose skin that comes with aging.
In the initial consultation, it might be suggested that the patient could also gain from supplementary procedures like a facelift or chin implant along with a neck lift procedure. Combining these additional interventions is a common practice to help achieve the patient’s specific contours and aesthetic aspirations.
Neck lift surgery focuses exclusively on the neck and jawline, targeting the unique concerns of this area. Unlike other procedures for excess skin that may address broader regions of the body, a neck lift is specialized to address the specific anatomy and aesthetic goals of the neck, offering tailored solutions that other general skin-tightening procedures may not provide.